Online! America's Romance with the English Garden

Wednesday, April 217:00—8:00 PMOnline - Registration is required.Hamilton-Wenham Public Library14 Union Street, South Hamilton, MA, 01982

Part of the 2021 Winter Armchair Travel Series!

At the beginning of the modern garden industry in the 1890s mass advertising, faster printing, national magazines, and free rural mail delivery made it possible to publish seed and nursery catalogs in the millions and send them across the country.  The catalogs encouraged the romantic English garden style in essays, illustrations, and ads.  The principle elements of that English garden design included the lawn, small groupings of flowering shrubs, a vegetable garden outback, flowerbeds on the lawn, trees to line the property, and a curved walkway. At a time when homeowners were eager to learn how to garden, it was no surprise that Americans everywhere loved the English Garden and the same garden appeared from California to Maine. Free and open to the public, funded by the Friends.

Thomas J. Mickey is a resident of Quincy, Massachusetts. Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts where he taught for twenty-two years. He is also a graduate of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. He is a Master Gardner and gardened in Rye, NH for over thirty years.  Mickey posts regularly on his blog  

He is the author of three books, including Best Garden Plants for New England. The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries nominated his book America’s Romance with the English Garden for its annual Literature Award. The UK magazine Spectator named the book ‘best garden book of the year’. His newest book All about Flowers: James Vick’s Nineteenth-Century Seed Company, published by Ohio University Press, will be out in early 2021.

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